White Birch Tripel | White Birch Brewing

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White Birch TripelWhite Birch Tripel

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White Birch Brewing
New Hampshire, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A slightly hazy golden colored brew. We used a combination of noble hops to bring in earthy and light citric hop notes. Belgian yeast notes, light spicy flavors, soft lightly sweet malts and a crisp dry finish. This is a favorite recipe and one that we’ve enjoyed cellared for up to two years.

Added by barleywinebrewer on 09-15-2009

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Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of GRG1313
2/5  rDev -43.2%

Photo of PEIhop
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of tempest
2.94/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Split a bomber with a friend at the Trapp Door in Emmaus PA. The menu said oak-aged, but the label did not. Thanks guys.

Anyways, I was struck by an undeniable ham aroma upon pouring the beer. Seriously, it smelled like sweet, cured ham from a butcher. There was also a sharp spice and citrus note, but the beer was also hot. I was surprised to see that this was bottled in January 2011 (10 months ago) and that it still needed time to smooth out. It reminded me a of a less balanced version of North Coast's Pranqster. Avoid unless you find a real old bottle.

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Photo of ZacharyJ
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of jdhilt
4.05/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Will pour a five+ finger off-white head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Hazy straw color with a ton of yeast left in bottle. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Belgian yeast nose, flavor is fruity spice and Belgian yeast. Higher ABV is hidden. Much better than their Bohemian triple. Pricey at $11.00 for a 22oz bottle from Tully’s Beer & Wine Wells, Me. Bottled Jan 2011, batch one.

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Photo of tigg924
2.92/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: 1 head, gold in color, hazy, high carbonation

Smell: Belgian spices and hay

Taste: Belgian spices, tropical fruit, hay, and an alcohol-medicinal finish

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, light bodied, sweet with a bitter middle and a sour end

Overall: This makes an excellent cooking beer, but I would probably pass on drinking it straight again. The beginning was a nice mix of bitter and tropical fruit, yet the end lost me. The finish was a bit high on sourness and alcohol. I could see myself wanting more if the end was not as harsh, but for now this is a pass.

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Photo of pmlondrigan
3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Kinda hazy looking for a triple, gold but opaque. Lacing it has, but a little over carbed. Could be more clear and rocky looking. Aromatically this beer has some nice citrusy esters and spice, lemon, but a strange hint of alcohol too. Pretty spicy and estery flavor. Coriander, black pepper, lemon. Basic malt biscuity malt. Hot from the alcohol.
This beer is dry, but also a tad hot from the alcohol. All in all there are many stronger examples of this style. That being said it is a hard style to brew and this is a fair attempt.

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Photo of BobZ
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 Oz. Bottle poured into my Duvel Tulip.

Appearance: An interesting pinkish yellow, definitely pink, nice 1 " head initially that quickly receded to a ring. Decent lacing.

Smell: Very mild, a few hoppy notes, also a hint of spice.

Taste: Light but refreshing, had this beer outside at a cookout and generally found it pretty pleasant. Not really to the “sweet up front and bitter at the finish” tripel style. But this isn't a horrible thing. The beer was balanced nicely between sweet and bitter throughout. Frankly the flavors were not all that deep or complex, reminded me more of a summer ale. The alcohol was completely, and I mean completely masked.

Mouthfeel: Smooth on the palate, again refreshing.

Overall: Not exactly what I would expect in a Belgian Tripel, but a very enjoyable beer none-the -less.
Serving type: bottle

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Photo of MetalHopHead6
3.79/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

White Birch Tripel is beautiful, refreshing, and deceptively boozy.

It poured a very light cloudy straw with a massive pillowy white head. It left great rings of lace on the glass. The smell was non-descript with the slightest metallic hint. The flavor was awesome with several layers, including banana, lemon, pepper, clove, and yeast. The feel was very bubbly and refreshing, with a dry finish. The alcohol was non-dissernable ('til later, when it hit rather hard) and this was the lightest 9/10% ABV beer I've ever had.

I had White Birch Tripel was exceptionally refreshing and delicious outside on a 94 degree day. The flavors are complex and good, and the alcohol content is oddly subdued while drinking it. This is an awesome beer to have before napping on a hot day.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.58/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottled on: jan 2011 batch: one bottle count: 1212

This one has an amazing, spot-on look for the style. Hazed gold, massive solid-white head, super fluffy and bubbly, full of life, clumpy and rocky as it sloowly recedes. This one looks just as good as any of the realy Abbey or Trappiste ale's.

The aroma has green olives, green apples, peppers, sour fruits, citric bite, wheat and grains in the malt, raspberry tarts...all very bold and gets even fruitier as it warms up.

For me, the mouthfeel is often my favorite part of the Belgian experience and this one delivers in a big way. Full lush but yet, light and crispy feel, jazzy and happy as it dances all over your face! chmapagne-esque for sure. the flavor has sour apples and fruits, goden wheat with dry peppery effect, major yeast complexity, earthy, bitter dry notes, apple tarts, mildly sweet malt puts everything into just about perfect balance for this style.

This is one of my favorite styles, and I've had many great Belgian versions. It really isn't easy for American brwers to compete with the amazing yeast flavor's of the abbey's or Trappiste's. I was surprised to see how world-class this one really is, and along with Allagash my view of Belgian "style" ale's are getting adjusted.

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Photo of John_M
4.2/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up at RSVP during my recent Portland trip.

The beer pours a rich, peachy gold color with a long lasting, thick head. The beer also shows pretty good lacing and very good head retention. The nose is likewise attractive, showcasing clove, light ginger and sandlewood, some apricot and peach, and some light vanilla and honey. The flavor profile replicates the nose, but is even more impressive. This beer is just luscious, showing honey, vanilla custard, butter and light tropical fruit. Mouthfeel is rich and full, with barely a hint of alcohol. There's also some light hoppy bitterness in the finish, which keeps the moderate sweetness in check. Alcohol is very well integrated into the flavor profile, and the beer is not at all heavy or tiring on the palate.

A well crafted, impressive effort from the folks at White Birch. However, I'm wondering if they tweaked the original recipe a bit, as my bottle listed an abv. at 9% I believe. Very nice beer...

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Photo of Brad007
3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden orange color with a one-finger head into my glass. Very good color

Citrus and spicy yeast stand out in the nose. There is also a slight sour note.

Sweet and nearly cloying with citrus and spice as dominant flavors. A good dose of alcohol heat as well.

Citrus and spice/heat linger in the mouth. Come to think of it, it does seem kind of vinous.

This is probably not one of their best examples. One could age it at 9% but if there's no appeal in a fresh state, would there be any in an aged state?

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.36/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz brown glass pry-top. Batch One, Jan 2011. 9.0% ABV.

Pours a hazy golden amber with HuGE sudsy white head.

Nose is strangely floral, almost soapy. Lavender? Palate is sharp, but is overly violet-y. Some faint spice and a prickle from the alcohol. Finish is dry and grainy.

Notes: Really strange for the style. Not sure what to do with this beer really. Looks like a million bucks, but the palate isn't for me.

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Photo of jale
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to Greg for this. I have had this bottle for a year and just found it.

A: Pours a clear light yellow with a small amount of white head.

S: The first aroma I notice is sourness. Makes me think this is going to be a sour. Just a hint of hops and banana.

T: At first sip I pick up a sour with some barnyard funk. It lasts for a mere second and I think this is more the aroma than actual taste. A hint of sweetness moving into some lemon and pepper spice then a mild hop bitterness. The alcohol is well muted here and might be due to the fact I cellared this for a year.

M: Light body with great carbonation.

O: Not what I expected, but a solid beer.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes 2/5/11.

A: Pour a hazy light yellow with a very large head that dissipated quickly down to one finger of very fine bubbles.

S: Some wheat, banana, clove, and some belgian yeast.

T: Very similar to the aroma, but with the addition of bubblegum. Some spice, cloves, and a good amount of banana.

M/D: On the lighter side with lively carbonation. Can't really taste the alcohol, surprised that it is that high honestly.

It has a drinkability that is on two different ends. THe booze is not as heavy as expected for 10.9%, but it is definitely there. However, it has some of that funk and yeasty flavors that don't go as well as they could. But, it finishes a lot cleaner and smooth, and dry, with just a touch of sticky feel, so finishes well all things considered.

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Photo of DIM
4.27/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a hazy golden sunset color. It poured with a very long lasting, firm, frothy looking white head.

s: Sweet and fruity are what I noticed first. I found pears, apricots, and hints of honey. There was also fairly strong yeasty phenols and some clove like spices. As usual with White Birch the alcohol is incredibly well masked.

t: The flavors mirror the smell for the most part. Sweet and phenolic up front with some spice at the finish.

m: Gently creamy carbonation that lasted the entire hour I lingered over this.

d: This is a very nice take on the style. Just enough spice and gentle warmth to keep the sweetness is check.

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1.68/5  rDev -52.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Bomber to tulip. Batch 3, bottled July 27th, 2010, number 220 of 234.

A: Pours with a bright white foamy/creamy head of 2 1/2 fingers. Decent retention. The body is pale straw in color and heavily cloudy. Lacing is between good and excellent. Despite the cloudiness of this Tripel, the appearance was pretty good.

S: Yeast dominant aromas of must and barnyard with light lactic tones come through on the nose giving the impression of forthcoming sourness. Lightly malted with notes of hay and light candi sugar. Hop aromas include more lemon than orange but again, very faint.

T: A heavy, untamed alcohol presence is noticeable immediately. The rest of the flavor profile COULD be decent if the vodka-like heat wasn't so omnipresent. There is a big vanilla component (with possible oaky notes, unless it is merely an extension from the vanilla) mixed with light ginger and coconut flesh flavor. Unfortunately the intensity of the heat ruins the palatability and the bottom half of the bottle finds its way to the drain.

M: Medium body with extreme alcoholic heat and texture. Moderately sweet from front to mid-palate. Chalky and dry on the finish. Heat erupts from the gullet up leaving an extremely unpleasant aftertaste. My bottle indicates 10.8% ABV instead of the 10.5% listed here. So that means to me, that the heat was either accidental OR someone thought this brew needed to be even more abrasive. Hopefully the former is the case.

D: I tried but couldn't make it the whole way through this Molotov cocktail. I have heard some very good things about this brewery. Unfortunately, I'm turned off after my first couple of experiences.

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2.13/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This brewery is 0 and 2 for me. Bottle 192/234 Batch 3.

Appearance: Very, very cloudy straw-golden-yellow with a small white head

Aroma: bit off, some citrus and lemons; some sort of weird funk. I don't think I like their yeast strain.

Taste: also a bit off and a bit sweet; earthiness to it but more like a compost pile I think. Like a weird saison/tripel combo.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body

Drinkability: Didn't finish the bottle; was not crazy about this one. Strongly disliked is a better description.

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Photo of sholland119
2.75/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Batch 3.

A-Pours a cloudy pale straw yellow. Plentiful, frothy white head still leaves some good lacing.

S-Is this supposed to be bretted? Don't know but there seems to be a hint of bretty white pepper. Not really much else going on.

T-A very un-tripel like flavor. A bit of odd funkiness, a must grape note, some Belgian yeast and an almost bleach like undertone. Sanitizer-y? Not a big fan.

M-Light to medium body, good carbonation.

D-No, not really. There is an off flavor or something going on here. Gonna have to pour it out.


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Photo of FrankLloydMike
4.43/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Firefly in downtown Manchester.

A: Arrived in a White Birch glass with only slight residual head, but appeared as a dense, hazy, translucent straw color that belied its strength. The appearance was not what I would expect for what turned out to be such a heady brew, but it was very attractive just the same.

S: Yeast dominates, but there's a hint of pear or banana in there. The smell isn't faint, but not overly assertive either, and it takes a minute to note the subtleties.

T: The taste is yeasty, grassy and only slightly citrusy. It's crisp, sharp and slightly sour, with a refreshing bite toward the end of the sip. The taste hides the booze much more than the smell, but otherwise the smell is an excellent, if understated indication of the taste.

M: Really nicely carbonated, the mouthfeel is surprisingly full for what I would expect from the appearance.

D: I had two of these with dinner, and I'd love to have had another. Like the other White Birches I've had, the alcohol is deceptively strong, and when I stood up after the second I knew it would have to be my last for the evening.

This was my favorite White Birch to date. I'd had the Tripel on tap at the Barley Pub and really enjoyed it, but for whatever reason it was significantly better this time around. It also stood up surprisingly well to the mahi mahi topped with black bean salsa that I had. I look forward to having this brew again.

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Photo of jlindros
3.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very early one for Bill, batch #3 from December 8, 2009, bottle # 74 of 88.

Large very fizzy and bubbly head like champagne rises up to about 80% of the glass and fades almost as quickly as I poured it, but too light to leave a nice Belgian fluffy head or lacing. The beer is very clear golden banana straw yellow colored.

The nose is pouring out with lots of wheat, malts, Belgian malts, a little banana, some citrus, plenty of Belgian yeast adding a bit of a funk to it, actually, as it warms it starts to get gym sock funky, but not in a wild ale way, and a bit of a musty almost ammonia aroma. A nice light effervescence too, with a light fruit, apple, pear, and a touch of spicy booze rounding it off.

Taste comes on strong with the Belgian yeast again, the only complaint I had about the white birch beers early on was the yeast was too strong and yeasty, and I think this is still from that strain. Lots of funky yeasty yeast. Some nice malts, not a lot of malt though, little wheat, some banana, light citrus, light fruits too, still a little pear, and some lemon. Theres some sweetness, not a lot, bringing a bit of booze out with a touch of warmth and tingle. Also more of the funk, a touch of gym sock funk but not Brett style, it's got it's own weird way. It finishes with a slight sticky feel, mostly dry though, with a touch of lingering funk and yeast, and some of the fruit, lemon and banana.

The mouth is lighter bodied with a huge carbonation effervescence.

It has a drinkability that is on two different ends. THe booze is not as heavy as expected for 10.9%, but it is definitely there. However, it has some of that funk and yeasty flavors that don't go as well as they could. But, it finishes a lot cleaner and smooth, and dry, with just a touch of sticky feel, so finishes well all things considered.

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Photo of philbe311
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Batch #3, Bottle #67/234

A - Two fingers worthy of delicate perfectly level pure white head... Modest retention gives way to a full rich creamy lacing... Exceedinly pale and hazy muted yellow straw color... A slight bit of moderate paced carbonation can be seen throughout...

S - The Belgian yeast strain dominates... There is also a slight spiciness and hint of pepper that cuts to the forefront... Pear... Apple... Unripened bananas... Wheat...

T -Sharp and intense from the get go... Belgian yeast and spices dominate... The subtletees of fruit get lost... A mix tart and spice on the finish... A slight aloholic heat and hint of pepper lingers... Missing are the layers of complexity that I enjoy in a Tripel...

M - Soft and smooth... Medium bodied... Turns dry on the finish... The follow through is tart and slightly puckering...

D - A mildly aggressive and rough around the edges Tripel... With so much competition and a high standard, this one misses the mark for the style... Not one I could recommend with good concious or one I would revisit in the future... Slightly less than the sum of its parts in terms of overall drinakbility...

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Photo of mavbrew
3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled 4/27/10, Batch 1 #338 of 552

A: Pours a cloudy pale/straw yellow with a finger thick white head and some lacing down the side of the glass.

S: Has a yeasty scent with some citrus and earthy tones to it.

T: The main taste up front for me is that of yeast, it's a little too "yeasty" for my liking. Also present is some citrus and wheat, very earthy and malty tasting. Finishes pretty dry.

M: Light to medium bodied with a slight bit of carbonation.

D: Nothing against the beer itself but I could not drink this too much. I'm not a huge fan of Belgian beers to begin with (only really enjoy a few but am starting to come around, slowly) but this beer has too much of a "yeasty" taste for me to enjoy.

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White Birch Tripel from White Birch Brewing
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